National Football Team

Mencap formed its national football team over 30 years ago following its invitation to take part in a European championships held in Switzerland. Mencap have taken part in the championships ever since.

National football trials are held each year to select players for the squad. Those selected attend a training weekend before the squad flies out to Geneva for the Championships.

Each year a different ability level is chosen to ensure that players of all abilities get the oportunity to play for their country.

Management Team
 Mark Summers  Team Manager  Harrogate Gateway FC
 Richard Howe  Coach  Heronsbridge School
 Trevor Waddington  Coach  Pontefract Pirates
 Stephen Moore  Coach  Bell Vue Boyz (M'boro)
 Kristian Northend  Coach  Bell Vue Boyz (M'boro)

In 2011, responsibility for the National football team passed to Harrogate Mencap, with the day to day management of the team being conducted by experienced coaches from various clubs around the country.

View the Geneva 2014 report & photos  

This year the football side for the 2015 squad are on Sunday 01 February 2015 at King James's School, Knaresborough, in North Yorkshire


  • Players must be a member of Mencap or belong to a Mencap affiliated group
  • Players must have a learning disability.
  • Players must be male and over 18 years of age.
  • Players must receive at least 20 weeks football training per year and play regular competitive football.
  • Players should participate at Championship or league One levels (Intermediate & Novice)
  • Download the Mencap 2015 football trials information sheet and nomination form below. (Word or PDF format)

MENCAP football trials Info sheet:
MENCAP football trials nomination form:

Mencap Football Diary 2015
24 January 2015 Closing Date for Nominations  
01 February 2015 National 11-a-side Football Trials

Knaresborough, North Yorks

01-03 May 2015 Geneva Squad Training Weekend Wales
21-25 May 2015 European Football Championship Geneva, Switzerland

Mencap Football Contact:

Mark Summers
1 Princess Drive, Knaresborough, N Yorks, HG5 0AG

Tel:     07940 509757